Lake Austin Spa Resort

At the Lake Austin Spa Resort, visitors can select from more than 100 treatments, including aromatherapy massages, body scrubs and salon services. (Courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort)

Walking from sight to sight in the capital of Texas can get exhausting. The perfect calming cure is spending time at one of Austin’s elite spas. Massages and facials may be standard, but many of these spas also offer amenities like serene grounds, aromatherapy showers and healthy meals. Finding the right combination of ambiance and offerings can be tough, so U.S. News spoke with local experts to figure out which spas are best for revitalization.

Milk + Honey


Milk + Honey

Milk + Honey (Courtesy of Casey Woods)


Milk + Honey is one of the more well-known spas that we send our guests to,” says David Scheffke, front office manager at the Hotel Ella. “They have many different treatments, like deep-tissue massages, and they do facials as well.”

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This sleek and modern spa offers award-winning services like massages, body treatments, waxing and manicures using natural and organic products. Services for men, including manly facials or sports massages, and treatments for teens and children, such as for skin or hair, are available as well.

Chris Johnson, concierge and greeter at The Driskill, says, "I'd get the body wrap. You walk out of there with noodle legs. It’s quite lovely. Don’t plan anything after that because you’re going to want to chill the rest of the day.”

Milk + Honey's downtown Second Street District location is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The spa's salon, which provides hair extensions and treatments, makeup and bridal services, is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lake Austin Spa Resort


Lake Austin Spa Resort

Lake Austin Spa Resort (Courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort)


Lake Austin Spa Resort is a “great spot, very serene, and they started this program where you can be picked up downtown by boat and ride to the hotel,” says Katherine Wise, communications manager at Visit Austin, the city's tourism organization. “My favorite thing there is the luminous skin-brightening facial. I get it whenever I can.”

Sitting on Lake Austin about 45 minutes from downtown, this 25,000-square-foot spa hotel offers half or full spa days, plus overnight stays. Visitors can select from more than 100 treatments, including river rock and aromatherapy massages, body scrubs and wraps, acupuncture and salon services. Men’s and women’s areas feature hot tubs and saunas, and there's a junior Olympic-size lap pool ready for relaxation. Meals at the on-site Aster Café are crafted from ingredients from the resort’s organic garden.

Tony Ingargiola, concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin, says, “Lake Austin Spa Resort has updated guest rooms and is very isolated." He also touts its "fantastic spa services and light farm-to-table meals.” The spa is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., with appointments available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Viva Day Spa


Viva Day Spa

Viva Day Spa (Courtesy of Kevin Jenkins)


Whether it’s spa or salon services you seek, Viva Day Spa’s location at the Domain Northside has you covered. Comfortable and trendy, Viva offers massages, facials, manicures and pedicures alongside medical treatments like laser hair removal and Botox. Its spa packages mix massages and scrubs with wine and chocolates for a truly decadent experience.

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“I highly recommend their foot ritual massage," says Steven Leigh, chief concierge at the Archer Hotel Austin. "It puts me to sleep every time, and it’s fantastic. And their 90-minute deep-tissue massage I’m such a fan of.” The north Austin location is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Austin

Wise says, “One of my favorite daycation spots is the spa at the Four Seasons, which looks over into Lady Bird Lake."

At this recently renovated 4,000-square-foot downtown Austin spa, visitors enjoy a relaxation lounge with a Himalayan pink salt wall, eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, access to the hotel’s fitness center and healthy snacks. Body treatments, facials and massages all are available. The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Austin is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., with appointments from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Woodhouse Day Spa

Stone accent walls and hardwood floors decorate The Woodhouse Day Spa. More than 70 treatments, including massages, waxings, facials and pedicures, are available. For body treatments, the spa also has a Vichy shower, where a half-dozen shower heads inundate you with water as you lie on a table.

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“They do an incredible job with manicures and pedicures, and have a nice, quiet lounge area,” says Kimi Nakato, director of front office at the Hotel Granduca Austin."I’ve had some wonderful deep-tissue massages there."

The Woodhouse Day Spa is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Spa by JW


Spa by JW

Spa by JW (Courtesy of JW Marriott Austin)


Amber Weir, concierge at the JW Marriott Austin, says of her hotel's spa, “It’s brand-new with state-of-the-art equipment, and great masseuses and facials. They have HydraFacials, aromatherapy showers and express 12-minute massage treatments that are really convenient.”

This cool and earthy 4,600-square-foot spa has everything from light meals and wine to 80-minute massages and facials. Quick services like feet and hand treatments are on-site as well. Spa by JW is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, with spa treatments starting at 9 a.m.

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10 Under-the-Radar Spa Retreats


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Couple relaxing in hot tub at luxury spa drinking champagne overlooking wine country.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus.
Fairmont Banff Springs.
Le Bristol Paris.
The Angama Mara.
Lorien Hotel & Spa.
Jumeirah Vittaveli.
Dolder Grand Spa.
Hotel Royal - Evian Resort.
Seabourn Cruises' Seabourn Quest.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.
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Plan your escape to these lesser-visited spa spots.
When searching for a lesser-known spa retreat, there are a few key qualities to consider, including location, activities and amenities. After all, aside from rejuvenating massages and pampering body treatments, the most memorable wellness getaways offer the right mix of activity and relaxation along with beautiful backdrops to restore and replenish physical and mental health. So, in this spirit, here are 10 off-the-beaten-track spa retreats filled with striking scenery, enriching workshops and soothing treatments to enrich and replenish the mind, body and soul.
(Getty Images)

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Located near Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia, this former Ottoman palace features spacious rooms, plush beds, tantalizing Mediterranean fare and a sprawling hammam (or Turkish bath). And at the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, you can enjoy signature treatments like the Tropical Magnolia Massage to diminish stress and the Four Hands Massage – where four hands work out any lingering kinks – for 60 minutes. For the ultimate pampering, sign up for the Turkish Indulgence, which includes a 60-minute massage and an hour in the on-site hammam, along with access to a steam room, sauna, swimming pool and nutritious snacks.
(Courtesy of Sery Kim)

The Fairmont Banff Springs
The Fairmont Banff Springs' 10,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa is one of the premier spas in the world. Nestled high on the cliffs of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada – and perched on the ground level of a 19th-century castle – the spa affords striking surrounding vistas of glaciers, teal lakes and lush valleys, creating a soothing atmosphere. And with plenty of treatments designed to alleviate stress, detox, cleanse and rehydrate, you'll be hard-pressed not to have a memorable experience. Try a signature treatment such as the Glacial Reflections facial or the Rocky Rehydration massage to melt away stress and leave feeling rejuvenated.
(Courtesy of Sery Kim)

Le Bristol Paris
Located near France's presidential palace, Le Bristol and its lavish Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie is the pinnacle of luxury. Since the hotel's debut during the Roaring '20s, it's played host to icons such as Chanel, Schiaparelli, Picasso, Mondrian and Dali. Away from the hustle and bustle of Paris' iconic city streets, the spa is a tranquil oasis offering unique, decadent treatments such as full-body massages with caviar to improve skin vitality and detox seaweed, lemon and eucalyptus organic scrubs to exfoliate and nourish skin. The Midnight in Paris package even includes two glasses of Champagne, a Caviar Lift facial (or Swiss facial for men), two foot baths, access to a spa suite with a private steam room and two aromatherapy massages.
(Courtesy of Sery Kim)

Angama Mara
High above Kenya's Maasai Mara game reserve, on the very site where some of the most romantic scenes from the Oscar-winning 1985 hit "Out of Africa" was filmed, Angama Mara lodge seems to float 1,000 feet above Africa's Great Rift Valley. While there are plenty of worthy active pursuits to experience – from safaris to daily hot air balloon rides – if you want to indulge in the luxury of nothing at all, a personal masseuse will relax your body in-suite on your deck for a truly unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime off-the-beaten-track experience.
(Courtesy of Angama Mara)

Lorien Hotel & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel
Situated along a charming, brick-lined street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the Lorien Hotel & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel features a 4,000-square-foot full-service spa. Here, guests have access to five treatment rooms and a wide range of services, from makeup application to aromatherapy massages and caviar facials – all using organic and paraben-free products. Plus, guests can unwind before and after treatments in the spa's cozy Relaxation Room or take advantage of the tranquil eucalyptus steam rooms.
(Courtesy of Courtesy Lorien Hotel & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel)

Jumeirah Vittaveli
Located on an isolated atoll in the Maldives, Jumeirah Vittaveli's Talise Spa offers serene, unspoiled forest surroundings and locally inspired holistic healing treatments. The Island of Life – Health and Vitality treatment, for example, includes aromatherapy and Swedish massage techniques, along with warm Maldivian sand to soothe tired muscles and replenish balance. Other unique treatments include detoxifying, deep-tissue bamboo massages and a coconut body scrub utilizing one of the fruits native to the Maldives. Once you're feeling recharged, don’t skip checking out other facilities, including an overwater fitness center, or snorkeling, windsurfing or stand-up paddling.
(Courtesy of Jumeirah Vittaveli)

The Dolder Grand
Overlooking the Alps and Lake Zurich, this hotel's storybook setting offers peaceful surroundings for indulging in a wide array of healing treatments. Here, spa-goers can enjoy customized treatments such as wraps, body scrubs and facials. Best of all, the 43,000-square-foot spa features diverse pre- and post-treatment amenities – think: indoor pools, outdoor pools, Japanese warm black pebbles nestled in individual baths and an amazing ice room – catering to serenity-seekers of all kinds.
(Courtesy of Sery Kim)

Hôtel Royal – Evian Resort
The stirking Hôtel Royal – Evian Resort not only offers postcard-worthy interiors and top-notch restaurants but also a spa filled with indulgent services. Stretching across more than 15,000 square feet, the spa features an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a steam room and indulgent massages, including Thai massages and hot stone therapy treatments. If you prefer facials, the Spa Evian Source offers pampering facials with La Prairie products, along with a hydro circuit that has water currents designed to stimulate the senses and boost well-being.
(Courtesy of Sery Kim)

Enjoy a Spa at Sea on Seabourn Cruises' Seabourn Quest.
On the Seabourn Quest, cruisers can enjoy facials, body treatments, massages and wraps, among other services. The sprawling 8,820-square-foot spa includes the Kneipp Walk, a therapy system designed to relieve stress and boost circulation with warm and cold water jets. Best of all, you can enjoy customized training or nutritional consultations and take part in complimentary onboard classes like Pilates and yoga to stay healthy at sea – all while cruising to far-flung, exotic locations, like Antarctica, across the Drake Passage.
(Courtesy of Sery Kim)

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe sits along the shores of Lake Tahoe in historic Truckee, California. At the tranquil on-site 17,000-square-foot spa, guests can indulge in signature treatments such as the Barefoot Massage, the Revitalize Facial and the Olive Orchid Oasis, which offers a mineral bath soak followed by a warm stone massage. And after getting pampered, guests can enjoy scenic hikes through mountains of North Lake Tahoe, a detox at the spa's dry-heat-lodge or eucalyptus steam room or fitness classes.
(Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe)

Couple relaxing in hot tub at luxury spa drinking champagne overlooking wine country.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus.
Fairmont Banff Springs.
Le Bristol Paris.
The Angama Mara.
Lorien Hotel & Spa.
Jumeirah Vittaveli.
Dolder Grand Spa.
Hotel Royal - Evian Resort.
Seabourn Cruises' Seabourn Quest.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.

Plan your escape to these lesser-visited spa spots.
When searching for a lesser-known spa retreat, there are a few key qualities to consider, including location, activities and amenities. After all, aside from rejuvenating massages and pampering body treatments, the most memorable wellness getaways offer the right mix of activity and relaxation along with beautiful backdrops to restore and replenish physical and mental health. So, in this spirit, here are 10 off-the-beaten-track spa retreats filled with striking scenery, enriching workshops and soothing treatments to enrich and replenish the mind, body and soul.
(Getty Images)

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Located near Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia, this former Ottoman palace features spacious rooms, plush beds, tantalizing Mediterranean fare and a sprawling hammam (or Turkish bath). And at the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, you can enjoy signature treatments like the Tropical Magnolia Massage to diminish stress and the Four Hands Massage – where four hands work out any lingering kinks – for 60 minutes. For the ultimate pampering, sign up for the Turkish Indulgence, which includes a 60-minute massage and an hour in the on-site hammam, along with access to a steam room, sauna, swimming pool and nutritious snacks.
(Courtesy of Sery Kim)

The Fairmont Banff Springs
The Fairmont Banff Springs' 10,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa is one of the premier spas in the world. Nestled high on the cliffs of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada – and perched on the ground level of a 19th-century castle – the spa affords striking surrounding vistas of glaciers, teal lakes and lush valleys, creating a soothing atmosphere. And with plenty of treatments designed to alleviate stress, detox, cleanse and rehydrate, you'll be hard-pressed not to have a memorable experience. Try a signature treatment such as the Glacial Reflections facial or the Rocky Rehydration massage to melt away stress and leave feeling rejuvenated.
(Courtesy of Sery Kim)

Le Bristol Paris
Located near France's presidential palace, Le Bristol and its lavish Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie is the pinnacle of luxury. Since the hotel's debut during the Roaring '20s, it's played host to icons such as Chanel, Schiaparelli, Picasso, Mondrian and Dali. Away from the hustle and bustle of Paris' iconic city streets, the spa is a tranquil oasis offering unique, decadent treatments such as full-body massages with caviar to improve skin vitality and detox seaweed, lemon and eucalyptus organic scrubs to exfoliate and nourish skin. The Midnight in Paris package even includes two glasses of Champagne, a Caviar Lift facial (or Swiss facial for men), two foot baths, access to a spa suite with a private steam room and two aromatherapy massages.
(Courtesy of Sery Kim)

Angama Mara
High above Kenya's Maasai Mara game reserve, on the very site where some of the most romantic scenes from the Oscar-winning 1985 hit "Out of Africa" was filmed, Angama Mara lodge seems to float 1,000 feet above Africa's Great Rift Valley. While there are plenty of worthy active pursuits to experience – from safaris to daily hot air balloon rides – if you want to indulge in the luxury of nothing at all, a personal masseuse will relax your body in-suite on your deck for a truly unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime off-the-beaten-track experience.
(Courtesy of Angama Mara)

Lorien Hotel & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel
Situated along a charming, brick-lined street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the Lorien Hotel & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel features a 4,000-square-foot full-service spa. Here, guests have access to five treatment rooms and a wide range of services, from makeup application to aromatherapy massages and caviar facials – all using organic and paraben-free products. Plus, guests can unwind before and after treatments in the spa's cozy Relaxation Room or take advantage of the tranquil eucalyptus steam rooms.
(Courtesy of Courtesy Lorien Hotel & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel)

Jumeirah Vittaveli
Located on an isolated atoll in the Maldives, Jumeirah Vittaveli's Talise Spa offers serene, unspoiled forest surroundings and locally inspired holistic healing treatments. The Island of Life – Health and Vitality treatment, for example, includes aromatherapy and Swedish massage techniques, along with warm Maldivian sand to soothe tired muscles and replenish balance. Other unique treatments include detoxifying, deep-tissue bamboo massages and a coconut body scrub utilizing one of the fruits native to the Maldives. Once you're feeling recharged, don’t skip checking out other facilities, including an overwater fitness center, or snorkeling, windsurfing or stand-up paddling.
(Courtesy of Jumeirah Vittaveli)

The Dolder Grand
Overlooking the Alps and Lake Zurich, this hotel's storybook setting offers peaceful surroundings for indulging in a wide array of healing treatments. Here, spa-goers can enjoy customized treatments such as wraps, body scrubs and facials. Best of all, the 43,000-square-foot spa features diverse pre- and post-treatment amenities – think: indoor pools, outdoor pools, Japanese warm black pebbles nestled in individual baths and an amazing ice room – catering to serenity-seekers of all kinds.
(Courtesy of Sery Kim)

Hôtel Royal – Evian Resort
The stirking Hôtel Royal – Evian Resort not only offers postcard-worthy interiors and top-notch restaurants but also a spa filled with indulgent services. Stretching across more than 15,000 square feet, the spa features an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a steam room and indulgent massages, including Thai massages and hot stone therapy treatments. If you prefer facials, the Spa Evian Source offers pampering facials with La Prairie products, along with a hydro circuit that has water currents designed to stimulate the senses and boost well-being.
(Courtesy of Sery Kim)

Enjoy a Spa at Sea on Seabourn Cruises' Seabourn Quest.
On the Seabourn Quest, cruisers can enjoy facials, body treatments, massages and wraps, among other services. The sprawling 8,820-square-foot spa includes the Kneipp Walk, a therapy system designed to relieve stress and boost circulation with warm and cold water jets. Best of all, you can enjoy customized training or nutritional consultations and take part in complimentary onboard classes like Pilates and yoga to stay healthy at sea – all while cruising to far-flung, exotic locations, like Antarctica, across the Drake Passage.
(Courtesy of Sery Kim)

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe sits along the shores of Lake Tahoe in historic Truckee, California. At the tranquil on-site 17,000-square-foot spa, guests can indulge in signature treatments such as the Barefoot Massage, the Revitalize Facial and the Olive Orchid Oasis, which offers a mineral bath soak followed by a warm stone massage. And after getting pampered, guests can enjoy scenic hikes through mountains of North Lake Tahoe, a detox at the spa's dry-heat-lodge or eucalyptus steam room or fitness classes.
(Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe)

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